Movement Education Framework Introduction




Aim of movement framework


develop awareness of self in physical activity


develop awareness of body and capacities


Focus of movement framework

contribute to general education of learner





General objectives of movement framework


Success – Everyone has a chance to succeed at his/her own rate so as to experience success


Activity for all – Everyone should be working purposefully throughout the lesson, thus preventing waiting children and line standing


Contribution by all – Everyone has a chance to contribute through inventiveness, use of imagination, initiative, and lively ideas




Movement Education Framework can be used for:


structuring content


observing and analyzing movement


communicating about movement


evaluating program content


Movement Education Framework

Initiated by: Rudolph Laban (1960), Sheila Stanley, (1977), B.C. Gilliom, (1970), M. Frostig, (1970), Fleming, R.S. (1968); Logson, et al., (1977; 1984).


Content Standard 2

Point of View About Movement


Point of view about movement


What did you learn?

With one other person - list 3 things you learned from reading this handout…




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Content of MEF


Divided into 3 core content areas:


Body Control Skills™ (Educational Gymnastics)


Expressive Skills™ (Educational Dance)


Game Skills™ (Educational Games)




Presenting Tasks in MEF


Utilizing Concepts, Categories, Elements


Tasks are progressive in nature


progression should recognize individual characteristics of learners


Tasks fit with developmental level of learners (pre control, control, utilization, proficiency)


Tasks utilize MEF "language"

Tasks include appropriate "learning cues" as combined with MEF language

Presentation of Tasks- the "Movement Vocabulary"


Tasks are presented so learner is decision maker:

"If you feel you are ready, try . . .

When you are comfortable you may . . .

When you are ready, you may challenge yourself by . . .

Choose where you wish to begin your work . . .

Who can . . .

Can you . . .

How can . . .

What can . . .

Show me . . .


The Teacher Must Remember


To adapt the problem to the level of the participants

To move through activities in a simple to complex progression

To have knowledge of developmental level(s) of students in class

To expect individual interpretation – different from the teacher’s personal interpretation

To be creative




What do you want to accomplish in the lesson?


What do you want to accomplish in a series of lessons?


What is the task asking learner to do?


A task may have more than one purpose

As the teacher, what is YOUR focus?

look for what mover does

look for what is occurring in movement

use concepts/categories/elements throughout all levels of movement